Meet Our New Lake Manager, A. J. Reyes, June 8 at 10 am

 

All Users

“State of the Lake”

June 8, 2019

10:00 AM,  Town Hall, 265 Oscawana Lake Rd.

with Supervisor Sam Oliverio

and Lake Manager, Alejandro (A. J.) Reyes

Alejandro (“A. J.”) Reyes grew up fishing and swimming in the lakes of Putnam Valley. After obtaining his BS in ecology from SUNY Plattsburgh (2008) and his Master’s degree in Lake Management from SUNY Oneonta  (2016), he worked on lakes all over the US —lakes in places as different as Montana, Alaska, Nevada, and North Carolina. He has hands-on experience managing difficult lake problems, including quagga mussels in the Hoover Dam, invasive lake trout in Yellowstone Lake, and hydrilla in North Carolina.

Last year, AJ took a job with Northeast Aquatic Research (NEAR), headed up by RBL’s 1990 lake manager, Dr. George Knocklein.  NEAR manages other local lakes, including Lake Oscawana and Lake Tibet, who have been very happy with NEAR’s care. A. J. has come back to the lakes of his childhood.

A.J. has a holistic view of lake management. He believes that sustainability is the key to a balance between preservation and human enjoyment. He is a hands-on manager. He likes to be on the lake and to see things for himself. He also plans to be more of a presence on the lake – it’s no big deal for him to head over to RBL if there’s an unusual finding or a situation that needs monitoring. He wants to get to know the RBL community as well.   If you see him in his boat, say hi!

Why are we making a change?

We are happy with the studies that Princeton Hydro did from 2016 to 2018. However, the company is going through some changes. They had changed RBL lake managers once and they were about to assign a third lake manager for us.  It was time for a change!

We feel lucky that A. J. moved to Putnam Valley at just this time.  He will be able to pick up where Princeton Hydro left off, making use of the studies that we have done. We think, though, that he’ll be more personally invested and more interested in the future of Roaring Brook Lake.

Why do we need a lake manager, anyway?

Left on its own, a lake will follow a steady path of filling in (scientists call it eutrophication). First, it will become a wetland and eventually, a forest. Generally, human disturbance makes the process go faster. Human habitation –houses, septic systems, lawns and driveways — allow more sediment and more nutrients (nutrient pollution) to make their way into the lake.  These human processes work together to speed up the process of filling in the lake.  For example, our recent studies show that, in the deepest part of Roaring Brook Lake, 3 feet of sediment has already accumulated.  We also know that the expected life of a septic system is 30 to 40 years. Many of the septic systems on the lake have outlived their time.

I speak for all of us in saying that the number of beach closings that we have had for toxic algae in the last 2 years is not acceptable. It is true that the toxic algae could just disappear on its own. But, it just makes sense to not count on that, and to be as careful and preventative as we can be.

A lake management plan is our attempt to slow eutrophication down. We want to be good stewards for our lake. We want to address the problems of today and, also, think about the future. Ideally, we would like to leave the lake in better shape than we came to it. We hope to preserve this tiny spot of calm and beauty for our children and grandchildren.

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Stormwater Management: Saturday, April 27 at 5 pm

Stormwater Management Workshop

How do nutrient pollutants (Nitrogen and Phosphorous) get into the lake?
Did you know that 20% come with the rain and stormwater running into the lake?
Some of that rainwater is filtered by wetlands and forests.
But lots of water rushes over roads, roofs, or through pipes without being filtered first.
Learn why a pipe is not always the only solution.
Learn the history behind what we used to do and what we do now.
Learn new ways to manage stormwater.

A workshop on Stormwater Management around Roaring Brook Lake

Saturday, April 27 at 5 pm

Wine, cheese, networking, and mingling.
Get together with neighbors and learn what you can do for the lake.

Managing stormwater run-off workshop with Emily Svenson 
How to manage stormwater run-off to protect the lake, on the local roads and around your home. 
Saturday, April 27, 2019 
5 to 7 pm in a neighbor’s home.
Click here to register

Emily is an attorney and an ecologist. She was a member of the Town Board in Hyde Park for seven years and continues to be a dynamo in her community. Her talk is awesome. Come.

Co-sponsored by the Roaring Brook Lake Property Owners Organization (RBLPOA) and the Roaring Brook Lake Garden Club.

Free, but registration is required and attendance is limited. (Address will be sent to attendees.) Enjoy an evening with your neighbors and learn how you can help the lake be cleaner and safer for everyone.

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March 30 and March 31: One weekend, two exciting programs



Landscape workshop with Amanda Bayley 

Amanda Bayley, ecologist and landscape designer

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Landscape workshop with Amanda Bayley 
Learn how to plant to protect wildlife and the lake, 
Be a steward of the lake in your own yard.

Get together with your neighbors.

  • Free, but registration required
  • 5 to 7 pm in a neighbor’s home. 
  • Wine and cheese

Click here to register and for address

Sponsored by the RBL Property Owners Association and the RBL Garden Club


Secrets of the Trails with Ed Illiano

Take a virtual hike through Putnam County’s forests.

See old farm foundations, stone walls, abandoned mines, family burial grounds, Native American settlements, railroad beds, docks, ice houses, bridges and more.

Ed Illiano, hiker, historian and Master Gardener

Sunday, March 31, 11 am Tompkins Corners Cultural Center, 729 Peekskill Hollow Road

Free and Open to the Public. Register by e-mail , through the TCCC website or call 845 528-7280.

Sponsored by the Roaring Brook Garden Club, in collaboration with the Roaring Brook Lake Property Owners Association and Tompkins Corners Cultural Center.

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Spring 2019 Lake Workshops

This spring, the RBLPOA and the RBL Garden Club invite you to two
Saturday 5 pm workshops:

March 30 and April 27. Mark your calendars.

Get together with neighbors and learn what you can do for the lake.


Landscape workshop with Amanda Bayley
Learn how to plant to protect wildlife and the lake, 
Learn and DIY in your own back yard. 
Saturday, March 30, 2019 
5 to 7 pm in a neighbor’s home. 

(address once you register)
Click here to register 

Managing stormwater run-off workshop with Emily Svenson 
How to manage stormwater run-off to protect the lake, on the local roads and around your home. 
Saturday, April 27, 2019 
5 to 7 pm in a neighbor’s home.
Click here to register

Wine, cheese, networking, and mingling at each workshop.

Co-sponsored by the Roaring Brook Lake Property Owners Organization (RBLPOA) and the Roaring Brook Lake Garden Club.

Free, but registration is required and attendance is limited. (Addresses will be sent to attendees.)

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Overpass meeting 2-7-2019

Thursday, Feb 7, was a wet, foggy evening, but the Town Hall parking lot was full and the Town Hall meeting room was standing-room only. About 40 residents crowded in to hear the DOT discuss specifics of the construction, necessary detours, and timing of the Pudding Street Overpass project. The crowd was understandably anxious about the details, but applause rang out several times during the presentation. One thing, for sure, whatever the inconvenience of the construction period, the Overpass is long-awaited and totally needed.

I’m posting a few key points now, but a video, a 3-D imaging of the construction stages, and a slide set will be up on the Town website within a few days. I’ll post links as soon they are available. The summary below is a bit vague, be patient. It’ll make more sense with the timeline and pictures.

  • Tree removal and other prep-work will be on-going this spring. The actual work on the overpass will commence late this summer (2019) and will be complete by August 31, 2020. Several significant incentives and penalties are in place to insure that the work is completed on schedule.
  • Emergency services (police, fire, and ambulance) will continue to be run by our regular responders from Putnam Valley. There will be specific limited-access points for emergency vehicles only to enter the RBL District when other access points are blocked. If emergency access is not possible, fully staffed emergency vehicles will be parked in the District.
  • The Pudding Street crossing will be closed to all traffic for 5 months, approximately between April and August 2020. The main detour during those times will be Pudding St south to Peekskill Hollow Rd north.
  • The North-Bound Taconic (in and out ramps) will be open some of the time that the Pudding Street.crossing is closed.
  • There will be a period of time when the Pudding St. crossing is open, but Southbound Taconic traffic will not be able to exit left.
  • Gordon Rd will be open but will not be improved (it would save very little time and be costly)
  • The blasting of rock will go on between the hours of 10 am and 3 pm. The blasting noise will be brief and not excessive. The seismic impact will not affect home foundations or the integrity of the dam. During blasts, the Taconic Parkway will be briefly closed to traffic.
  • The funds for the Pudding St Overpass have been designated and set aside. They will not be affected by NY State budget constraints.
  • All storm-water drainage during construction will flow away from the lake.
  • The created wetlands will be monitored and maintained for a minimum of five years after the project is completed. Invasive species will be weeded out. When needed, new native plants will replace failed plants and removed invasives. A diverse and thriving native wetland flora and fauna (including beavers) will be considered a sign of success of the created wetlands.
  • All properties that need to be acquired by DOT have either been acquired already, or are well along in the process. No difficulties are expected.
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Overpass meeting

Thursday, Feb 7 at 6 – 7:30 pm, Town Hall

Do you have questions or concerns about the overpass construction?
DOT representatives will hold an important informational meeting
specifically for RBL residents on Thursday, Feb 7, from 6 to 7:30 pm in
Town Hall.
Engineers and project managers from the NYS Department of
Transportation’s Taconic State Parkway/Pudding Street Interchange
Construction Project will be available to discuss the proposed
construction, traffic control. and construction work staging plan.
Come. 
Hear directly from DOT representatives. 
Learn what is going to happen. Be prepared. 
Voice your concerns.

Thursday, Feb 7, from 6 to 7:30 pm 
Putnam Valley Town Hall, 
265 Oscawana Lake Road, Putnam Valley NY 10579.
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2018 Roaring Brook Lake Holiday Party

The annual Roaring Brook Lake Holiday Party will be Sat, Dec 15, 7-10 pm at a neighbor’s home on the lake (details once you register). Enjoy a wonderful evening of celebration and good cheer.

Tickets are $15/person to cover spirits and sandwiches. In the spirit of the season, please also bring an appetizer or a dessert to share.

Capacity at our generous neighbor’s home is limited and you must register in advance to attend (no registration at the door). Once you register, you will receive the address and details. Register early! Don’t be left out.  Parking is limited. Please carpool.

Click below to pay for your ticket on line and reserve your place at this joyous evening celebrating our community.


Select number of people
List names of attendees



The 2017 Roaring Brook Lake Holiday Party is sponsored jointly by the RBL PropertyOwner’s Association and the RBL Garden Club.

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Lakescaping — What you can do in your own yard to help the lake — 8/4/18

RBLPOA Meeting August 4, 2018 — Lakescaping for lake health

On a rainy Saturday in August over 30 RBL residents gathered (indoors) to hear two experts discuss things that each of us can do in our own yards to help keep the lake clean and healthy.
We heard from AJ Reyes, lake ecologist, and David Seiter, ecological landscaper. Their presentations were terrific, and were followed by a Q & A session. We were impressed with the speakers and the speakers were impressed with the engagement of the homeowners who attended. If you were there, thank you for coming out on a wet Saturday and for being such a great audience!

If you weren’t able to be there, we worked as hard as we could to video the session for you. Unfortunately, our volunteer videographer (that is, the neighbor who had made at least one video before) couldn’t be there. People pitched in, with their phones and whatever else they had. The result is here. You’ll need some patience, but if you ignore the shaky camera and the low volume audio (turn the volume up on your end and also try putting on the closed caption option) you’re in for a great session.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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